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Self-guided Cycling / 2022 / Original tour

Web code IT016

Italy / Venice Lands Short Break

Venice Lagoon round tour

Cycling this sophisticated corner of Italy is a real pleasure: admire the elegant villas of the Venetian nobility, scattered in the whole region... explore the timeless fascination of Venice by foot and by water... take a walk in charming Chioggia, affectionately known as “Little Venice”... take a relaxing break among the hills in the largest European thermal resort...discover the city centre of Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian universities.
  • Day by Day


    1. Mestre
    Individual arrival.
    2. Mestre – Chioggia (35 km)
    Leaving Mestre this morning, you will head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you will take a ferry along the Giudecca canal to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on the two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: Lido and Pellestrina.
    3. Chioggia – Padua thermal district (55 km)
    You will be pedalling along the river Bacchiglione, which carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago. Once at the foot of the Euganean Hills, you will have the chance to relax in a 4* spa resort in the largest European thermal district.


    4. Padua thermal district  – Mestre/Venice (55 km)
    Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal you will pass through Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities and rich in art and history. From here, along the Piovego Canal, you will reach Stra and will follow the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Villa Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice mainland. You can choose to overnight in Venice with a supplement.
    Please note that in Venice (apart from Piazzale Roma and train station Santa Lucia) it is forbidden to cycle, and also to push your bike by hand.

    5. Mestre/Venice
    Departure after breakfast.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile
    • Total length: 145 km
    • Total vertical up: 0 m
    • Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4

    The itinerary is completely in the lowlands. You will ride on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths.


    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone. This tour is also suitable for children.


  • How to get there

    Mestre is connected with the following airports:
    Venice: 10 km, Treviso: 35 km, Verona 120 km, Bergamo 220 km.


    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.


  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated 3/4* hotels.

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    On request 4th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre with bike return in Mestre.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.




  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

    • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano
    • Tandem www.pedalpower.de


    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard 
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com 
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system 

    You can also rent:

    • Child bikes | 20” wheels | 24” wheels
    • Child seat | max 22 kg | 1-5 yrs
    • Child trailer | max 35 kg | 1-4 yrs | 1 seat | www.croozer.com
    • Follow-me tandem for 20” child bike | max 30 kg | 6-8 yrs | www.followmetandem.co.uk
    • Family tandem | 1 adult + 1 child 6-8 yrs

    These accessories can only be mounted on unisex 27-gear Shimano Deore Touring bikes.

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag 
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    • 1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:


    1. Link to download the App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)


    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details
    • Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour. Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.


    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Luggage labels



  • By your side

    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.
    The Girolibero team is always available for you at the office number during office hours.


  • 1 Client reviews
    • Susan, UK

      Departure 2017

      Online from 28 June 2017

      This was our first self guided bike tour with Girolibero.
      It was ideal starting from Mestre as both on our arrival day & the day we finished, we were able to get the bus into Venice for the afternoon & evenings.
      The bikes were well maintained & comfortable and were ideal for the terrain. The routes were well marked, mainly very little traffic & there was plenty time to stop off & enjoy the countryside. We only went wrong once - too much chatting!!
      It was lovely cycling along rivers & canals with plenty wildlife to spot along the way.
      All the hotels were very comfortable & offered a great buffet breakfast & we all enjoyed having the pool in Chioggia. The hill up to the hotel in Vicenza was a challenge at the end of the day but worth it for the fabulous views of the city.
      Having our private water taxi to take us to the Lido ( due to transport strike ) was great fun & much better than arriving on the car ferry! We also managed a swim along the lido.
      A great week cycling at home just won't be the same.

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Tour details


from 395 €

5 Days / 4 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type




Season 1: 23.03 - 26.04 and 5.10 - 20.10.2021

Season 2: 27.04 - 21.06 and 9.09 - 4.10.2021

Season 3: 22.06 - 8.09.2021

Price per person
395 € in double room, 3/4* hotels


  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Ferry-boat transfers on day 2 (alltogether about 25 € per person, bike incl.)
  • Local taxes (approx. 8 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements per person

130 € single room

70 € season 2

100 € season 3


Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

70/100 € in Mestre

from 90/150 € in Venice*

*on request 4th night of the tour in Venice instead of Mestre, with delivery of the bikes in Mestre.


Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:

60 € Touring bike

125 € E-bike

60 € Child bike

120 € Family and Adult Tandems


Additional bike accessories on demand:

85 € child trailer

15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

Free of charge: child seat and FollowMe-Tandem

70 € 3rd adult in room

Children reductions
The reduction for the 3rd/4th child in room will be calculated on the basic price and seasons supplements according to the following table:
100% 0-2 years (baby cot to be paid on site)
50% 3-6 years
30% 7-10 years


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